The Executive-Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, during a press briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Monday said more than 1.6 million eligible persons have been fully vaccinated since the country commenced the vaccination of its citizens against the coronavirus six months ago.
Shuaib said 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, as approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He also said as of Monday evening, 4,052,756 eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
“This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 persons with first dose of moderna vaccine.
Shuaib said states have been guided not to exceed their 50 per cent utilisation rates for Moderna vaccines in order to reserve the second doses for all those already vaccinated.
He noted that most states have reached this percentage and priority is now focused on administering AstraZeneca vaccine as first dose vaccine in all states across the country.
He urged states yet to publish their vaccination sites to do so across the various media platforms – newspapers, radio, TV, and social media, to enable people locate their nearest vaccination sites.
He explained that state governments have the responsibility to protect the vaccines and vaccination cards sent to them.
Shuaib said states found to be condoning any acts of corruption in the process of vaccination will no longer receive vaccines.
“The Federal Government has made available these vaccines free for all eligible persons,” he said.
He reiterated that the government will continue to work with partners to ensure delivery of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria.